Posted on May 9, 2012 by btx3
The biggest driver for the extinction of exotic animals in the world is poaching for ingredients for Chinese Herbal “medicine”. Whether the Ivory from elephants, or the bones of Tigers, poachers make big money satisfying the Chinese Traditional Medicine Market.
This one, though is even stranger. Parts of fetuses and babies ground up to make pills!
South Korean customs said it had confiscated more than 17,000 “health” capsules smuggled from China that contain human flesh, most likely extracted from aborted fetuses or stillborn babies.
The Chinese Ministry of Health said Tuesday it had been investigating allegations that capsules were being manufactured from human remains but had found no evidence.
The South Korean customs agency said pills had been smuggled into the country through parcels and luggage carried from China. The pills were composed of “ground stillborn fetus or babies that had been cut into small pieces and dried in gas ranges for two days, then made into powders and encapsulated,” the report said.
“Flesh pills have been continuously smuggled into [South Korea], camouflaged as health tonics,” the statement said. The pills came mostly from cities in northeastern China: Yanji, Jilin, Qingdao and Tianjin.The South Korean government has been investigating capsules made of human flesh since last year when a monthly magazine released a lengthy report about the use of dead infants in traditional medicines. The reports said the infants and fetuses were purchased illegally from hospitals. Continue reading
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Posted on December 17, 2010 by btx3
On top of the whack job regime in North Korea shelling innocent civilians, and threatening to blow up things in an endless sabre rattling…
Move Over Colonel! This Bucket for $4!
South Koreans have a new crisis. A Fried Chicken War!
One of South Korea’s biggest supermarkets began selling a bucket of fried chicken for about four bucks this week, which wouldn’t ordinarily seem like a big deal. But “few food products have left so much turbulence in their greasy wake, or revealed so clearly the insecurities that haunt Asia’s fourth-largest economy,” writes Leo Lewis at the Australian. The problem is that the price is about 60% cheaper than any competitor, leading to allegations of “fried chicken dumping,” government intervention, and debates on big-business-vs-small-business ethics.
Lewis places the controversy in context of the aggressive strategies that have brought the country prosperity in the tech world. “The same white-hot competitiveness that made Samsung smartphones readily affordable has also made dinner cheaper,” he writes. “But South Korea has also shown that, at least where food is concerned, it does not want the giants to run amok.” The store, Lotte Mart, caved to pressure from the government’s “co-prosperity committee” and said it would stop selling the wildly popular chicken this week.
Personally gave up on the stuff myself, to the benefit of my heart and weight when K-Fried and Popeyes became more expensive than a sit down meal at many lunch restaurants. When “fast food” starts costing more than food that is good for you… It’s time to move on.
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